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Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

4.8 4.8 out of 5, based on 8 Reviews

My new desert island pre without a doubt!


19th May 2017

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by WideEyed

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

I’ve been using the Creamer + for about 3 weeks now. First off, I want to commend Boris and Zoran on their excellent customer service. They were incredibly helpful in picking the correct preamp for my needs!

Now onto the C+. After just 2 days of use, I decided this thing was so incredibly good sounding and versatile that it made it’s way from my side rack to the top rack closest to my reach from my mix position… Because I want to be able to access it immediately, ALL THE TIME! I have compared it to my Chandler TG2s, Rupert Neve 511s, Phoenix DRS-8, and Dizengoff D4s (REDD 47 clone), LaChapell 583s, and an LA-610, and it has stood out as, without a doubt, my “go to” for just about anything that needs some “bigness,” or “sweetness,” or “richness,” or just some more mojo. In fact, I’m now selling my LaChapell 583s and my LA-610. I thought I’d be jumping back to my 511s for “super clean,” but since using the Creamer, I just always like it’s color/vibe. I can set it up in triode, low input gain, and solid state output, and it cleans up VERY nicely. The tube is still present, but it becomes a smoothing element more than an obvious color element. No matter where I set this pre, it sounds good, and it always seems to do a great job of eliminating the “digital edge,” without smearing transients or muddying things.

In pentode, +6 gain, and with the transformer in, it COMES ALIVE! I often leave it in pentode with transformer, because I just love the color it imparts. I am always playing around with the “fat” and “air” switches and love what they do to the sound. I just pre-mastered a record using the C+ into an IGS Tubecore and Bettermaker 502p, and with the “air” switch on 2, pentode, and transformer in, I was able to get the most incredible warmth, but with absolute clarity and no mud. Usually there is a trade off between warmth and clarity… I haven’t had to compromise with this. It somehow does both at the same time. The harmonic richness it imparts can be glaringly obvious or subtle and sweet, but it has plenty of headroom as well, so there’s little risk of “accidentally” distorting things.

All said, this has now become my “desert island” pre, without a doubt. So versatile and always amazing sounding!

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25th May 2017

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by bfish

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 3 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

It ain't easy, but who wants easy? It's completely customizable. You can change the harmonic content, add or remove output transformer, add shelving and different filters, and drive the tube a a little or a lot. It works as stand alone stereo pre but I also love it on a stereo bus.
I love this unit- I use it all the time. Rich, vibrant recordings. Completely customizable so very usable for many elements, including a mix buss saturator.

26th September 2017

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by jazzalen

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

I have Creamer+ and i love it. It really shines on 2 buss and makes whole track sounding so better.
You can add low and high frequences and when you compare it before and after its night and day.
I really dig it also on drum buss, bass …. It makes them so huge. And you also get 2 amazing preamps with so many textures. Its crazy..
And Boris from Sonic Farm was so kind. He asked me to talk over Skype first so he would better understand what i want and he adviced me alot.
Tnx Sonic Farm Team

31st October 2017

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by drdave007

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

I've been using the Creamer+ daily for about a month now and I absolutely love it on everything. I find that its so versatile... from bass to guitars to vocals and then when I'm done tracking I simply move it over to the 2 bus where it shines again. I find the mixes have a sophisticated quality to them, I'm not sure how else to describe it.... warm in the mid range and sweet on the top end without sounding harsh or brittle. I love the fat and air switches when mixing through them as they offer another perspective when I'm mixing down.. a bit like mastering during the mix. I find when I mix to where I like it when they are bypassed then check out the switches the mix jumps to life. For the quality and all the many uses I get from the Creamer Plus it was the best investment I've made for my studio , I have Avalon 737's ,LA 610,Focusrite 220 and Chameleon labs gear so its in good company! Boris is great to work with and really honestly cares about providing the best service, from helping with the set up to making sure you're happy with the Sonic Farm gear, its no wonder why they always get such great reviews in all the sound magazines. I Look forward to my next Sonic Farm product!!! You guys Rock!!

28th November 2017

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by Dpon

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

Absolutely amazing preamp. Used it on overheads for a hard rock session as well as heavy guitars and fell in love. Especially with a 57 and Neumann TLM49. I couldn't recommend it more. Only complaint is price point but I am saving my pennies!

24th March 2018

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by Koka013

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

In order to pull off a world class mix, one has to start with great sounding tracks. Nowadays, more often than not, we try to do the impossible and fix inadequate tracks with plugins and hardware processors. But pale recordings cannot be revived if the original definition, transients and harmonics are not there. Ever since I've started using Sonic Farm preamps, I've dramatically cut down on plugin use, focusing more on positioning mikes and obtaining gratifying takes from the get-go. I started with a Creamer Plus and then added 2 Silk Roads, a Berliner, a 2di4 and a Creamliner as the time went by. Very happy with this gear!

15th October 2019

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by Sound Seb

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

Hey,

I just wanted to chime in and say that I have been extremely pleased with my creamer plus in the past weeks. Anything tracked with this seems to jump out of the speakers. You have so many tonal options at your fingertips and everything just sounds gorgeous.

My last session was with a sparingly played staccato saxophone in a rock/funk song and with the soft saturation in triode mode any hint of aggression in the timbre soon melted into pure butter! I had a Lewitt LCT-840 and a Heil PR40 sitting as close together as possible (their capsules in relation to one another) and a blend of the two mics (each on their own side of the creamer plus) was all that was needed to be fiddled with. Needless to say the the player and I were quite satisfied.

Bass ran through this sounded more organic and inspired the player more than the preamp output on my Ampeg PF-20T.

Vocals just feel connected; if you get what I mean.

I put 4 under «bang for buck» because this is boutique gear...not something that sells for a few hundred dollars...but it is worth every penny and affordable - nonetheless - for the serious pro or hobbyist.

Anyway, gotta get back to work...check it out.

3 weeks ago

Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by audiogamble

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus

If someone came up to me and said that I had to get rid of all my outboard gear except for one piece, the Sonic Farm Creamer+ is easily the one I would keep!

As a preamp, you have so many options to get the sound exactly perfect. From the clean and clear "triode" mode, to the more saturated sounds that you get in "pentode". Then you can go even deeper with the gain up options and the optional transformer on the output. It also has all the add-ons and more that you'd hope for in a quality preamp, like high pass filtering options, input and output pads, phantom power, and impedance options. If that wasn't enough, there are also the "air" and "fat" options on the preamp which add the most tasteful amount of EQ to the top or bottom end.

Unlike other tube preamps, the Creamer+ has virtually no noise floor! This reality about tube gear has kept me away from using other tube preamps in the past, but Boris at Sonic Farm has assured me that the Creamer+ is quiet like "smoked salmon". He's absolutely right!

The feature that really makes the Creamer+ an every day piece of outboard gear is the line inputs. I've been using this across my mixes since I've gotten it, and it's making a major difference in mix quality. Depending on how hard you hit the input, you can just clear up the mix or you can create stunning saturation. It's also worth noting that Sonic Farm has given you the ability to fine-tune the "fat" and "air" settings, which is useful if you're using it for mixing because you can confidently stereo-match them. Another sign of a really professional piece of gear.

For the price, you really can't match the quality you're getting with the Creamer+. Also, Boris has provided EXCELLENT customer-service from day one - always checking in to make sure I'm happy with the purchase and answering any questions.

I couldn't be happier with this. I'm excited to be using the Creamer+ for years to come!

 
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